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Your HDTV thoughts....

Griz882

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#76
Cord cutting becomes economical for people who are renting HD cable boxes for 3+ rooms at $20/mo per box.* If you just have a one room cable setup then cutting the cord and signing up for multiple subscription services ends up being a wash from a money perspective.

Personally, the only thing that cable is good for me is local sports teams. When I'm no longer in my team's local market I opt for getting MLB/NHL packs and finding a bar to watch football.

*My biggest gripe remains that cable companies won't let you buy these.
Good point. I have only one TV in the house and hadn't considered the cost of additional boxes. I also agree with your comment on sports teams. I hate being locked into (or out of) a specific market.
 

Gatordev

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Site Admin
Contributor
#77
From a technical photography perspective HDR just means that you have more range or space between the brightest whites and the darkest blacks and affects the amount of detail information in between. It's usually a function of what your camera's sensor can capture. I presume HDR TV is attempting to bring those same qualities to TV.
In a way, but unlike photos, where everything is processed the same (RAW and/or JPG), HDR TV has two different standards which requires two different processors depending on what the data stream is encoded with. And thus begins the Betamax/VHS discussion. Some manufacturers have gone with Dolby, some with the other standard (whose name I can't remember). There's one manufacturer that has both processors, but I seem to recall those TVs can be hit and miss in other areas.

I'm sure a standard will be settled on eventually, but from my initial research (looking to possibly buy a new TV this fall), picking the HDR protocol should be secondary to the other selling points found on various TVs.
 

SynixMan

Professional CCX Wrangler
pilot
Contributor
#78
Good point. I have only one TV in the house and hadn't considered the cost of additional boxes. I also agree with your comment on sports teams. I hate being locked into (or out of) a specific market.
Also consider buying your own modem and router. Small upfront cost that will save you $20-30/month.
 

Brett327

Well-Known Member
None
Super Moderator
Contributor
#79
Also consider buying your own modem and router. Small upfront cost that will save you $20-30/month.
Funny story - I've owned my own modem/router gear for years. The last time I moved, COMCAST started charging me for renting a router, which I cleared up pretty easily by telling them to prove to me that I had one of their routers. It was fun watching them try. The very next month, I started getting letters and emails about how my router was out of date and needed to be updated... Like I'm a blind fucking idiot.

COMCAST - the in-home rapist.
 

Randy Daytona

Cold War Relic
pilot
Super Moderator
#82
As a heads up, seems as if most of the new Vizio's do not have a digital TV tuner built in. This seemed like a problem, then turned into a plus after realizing you can get a digital TV tuner for about $30 that outputs the over the air antenna signal via a HDMI cable (vice a coaxial cable). If I am correct, you can run the HDMI signal through your receiver for full surround sound.

Have had a Vizio for the last 11 years and had zero problems with it despite multiple moves so I am inclined to stick with the brand. Their "M" series seems like a good compromise between price and performance.
 

Pags

Well-Known Member
pilot
#83
So while we're talking TVs; I recently came in to some nice Technics stereo speakers (in laws are cleaning house). Because the sound on my tv sucks I'd like to set them up to use with my tv. Does anyone have a recommendation for a receiver that isn't overkill (Dolby 17.9 blah blah blah)?
 

Randy Daytona

Cold War Relic
pilot
Super Moderator
#84
So while we're talking TVs; I recently came in to some nice Technics stereo speakers (in laws are cleaning house). Because the sound on my tv sucks I'd like to set them up to use with my tv. Does anyone have a recommendation for a receiver that isn't overkill (Dolby 17.9 blah blah blah)?
I picked up a Sony STR receiver a couple of years ago that I like. If you are not constrained by time, combining both the periodical AMEX discount and an open-box / discontinued from Best Buy can achieve good cost-effectiveness. As for speakers, I have a 20 year old Polk Audio surround system that has always given great performance - good enough that when I jumped from a 5 speaker system to a 7 speaker system, I went on Ebay to find 2 more of the matching RMS speakers.

After what Gatordev mentioned, I found the following explanation of HDR on CNET.

https://www.cnet.com/news/dolby-vision-vs-hdr10-how-to-survive-the-hdr-tv-format-war/
 

Swanee

Self aware since 2014
pilot
Contributor
#85
So here is a question for all the cord cutters....has your internet access cost gone up? I tried the whole cutting idea but my only local option for access remained Comcast. They were quick to realize that while they may no longer control TV, they clearly control internet access(at least around here). In the end the price to have fast internet (critical for streaming) and access to various systems like Amazon, Sling, and so on we're almost identical to traditional cable. In the end I just surrendered and went back to cable after my last move. I would like to see much more competition.

With TWC/Spectrum it's a wash until the teaser rates stop. We're paying 80 bucks a month for internet access, but we're not paying 200 bucks a month for a cable TV package, so it works out.

We have Netflix and Hulu plus for the shows. Amazon prime for the shipping, and music and tv. We also have Kodi and Exodus installed on our firesticks, so there is that.
 

IKE

Nerd Whirler
pilot
#86
So while we're talking TVs; I recently came in to some nice Technics stereo speakers (in laws are cleaning house). Because the sound on my tv sucks I'd like to set them up to use with my tv. Does anyone have a recommendation for a receiver that isn't overkill (Dolby 17.9 blah blah blah)?
Without knowing your price range (more or less than your favorite shoes), I will say Marantz has some great offerings, especially in non-giant-sized department. We have an NR1601 that we got because it fits in a small TV console opening, but is still capable of 7.1 at 75 W/channel (I think). Also packed with nice features.
 

Brett327

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Super Moderator
Contributor
#87
So while we're talking TVs; I recently came in to some nice Technics stereo speakers (in laws are cleaning house). Because the sound on my tv sucks I'd like to set them up to use with my tv. Does anyone have a recommendation for a receiver that isn't overkill (Dolby 17.9 blah blah blah)?
Honestly, you might find something at a pawn shop (or CL) for pretty cheap that fits the bill. Those places are full of decent stereo components at bargain prices. Same thing goes for tools.
 

Pags

Well-Known Member
pilot
#88
Honestly, you might find something at a pawn shop (or CL) for pretty cheap that fits the bill. Those places are full of decent stereo components at bargain prices. Same thing goes for tools.
Very true; I was looking for something in the "click here to buy it now" ilk to avoid prowling pawn/consignment shops for a weekend.
 

Randy Daytona

Cold War Relic
pilot
Super Moderator
#89
Don't know if anyone saw this or not, but there is a new subscription cable service called Philo that started today. 37 channels for $16 per month (or, you can also watch on your phone or ipad.) You will go without ESPN, other sports channels and local channels, but you can get an over the air antenna for the local stuff. https://try.philo.com/

The 37 channel package includes AMC, Animal Planet, AXS TV, BBC America, BBC World News, BET, Cheddar, CMT, Comedy Central, Discovery, DIY Network, Food Network, FYI, GSN, HGTV, History, ID, Lifetime, Lifetime Movies, MTV, MTV 2, Nick, Nick Jr. , OWN, Science, Spike, SundanceTV, Teen Nick, TLC, Travel, TV Land, Velocity, VH1, Viceland and WE tv.

Viacom, Discovery, A+E, Scripps and AMC Team Up for Sports-Free Streaming Skinny Bundle

http://www.adweek.com/tv-video/viac...m-up-for-sports-free-streaming-skinny-bundle/